Follow the Goats 2: Mongolian winter

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Good morning from Mongolia! After a long journey, Billy and Grampa Goat have arrived and are meeting World Vision goats for the first time.

Read about this first leg of their journey, and the cooperation between people and animals that keeps the harsh winter at bay.

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When my grandkid Billy and I first dreamed up the idea of taking a retirement trip around the world, he was so excited and got down to planning right away. I have to admit that I was a little nervous: two goats who have never been far outside our little corner of America, crossing the Pacific and exploring two of the world’s biggest continents!

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    Follow the Goats 1: Departure

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    As we Follow the Goats this Advent, read Grampa Goat's travel blog as he and Billy explore how goats are helpful to people around the world.

    Setting off for Mongolia, then to Burundi and Zambia, see why Grampa Goat is taking this trip, and why he's excited to tell you all about it!

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    He-eeeeeeeeeeeey, everyone! My name is William, but you can call me Grampa. That’s what Billy calls me, my grandkid (sometimes I just call him Kid). We’re goats, and we’re from Seattle!

    Tonight, Kid and I are leaving for a trip around the world! We’ll be traveling first to Mongolia, then to Burundi and on to spend Christmas in Zambia, to see for ourselves how goats live in other parts of the world. We’re excited to explore their cultures, and especially to see how our cousins help people by being an essential part of the communities where World Vision is working.

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      Making a difference, two gifts at a time

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      Through our partnership with direct sales company Thirty-One Gifts, this Giving Tuesday we're making a difference for families in need two gifts at a time!

      Read more about our partnership, the impact we're making around the world together, and how tomorrow your gift will make twice the difference.

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      Last year for Giving Tuesday, we teamed up with Thirty-One Gifts—a direct sales company focused on personalized totes, purses, home organization solutions, and more. On that Tuesday, for each of the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision, Thirty-One Gifts donated a Hope Kit tote to a woman in dire straits. Each tote was filled with essential hygiene supplies such as a toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush, and soap, designed to help her get back on her feet as she works toward better days.

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        Why goats and goatees?

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        Throughout November, six of our friends at the Harlem Globetrotters have been growing GOATees for a Good Cause … for goats!

        Today, hear from Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin about his experience, and why goats and goatees this Giving Tuesday.

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        Being a part of something bigger than yourself is not easy when you're 6'8", 225lbs. I'm so blessed to be a member of the Harlem Globetrotters because I'm able to impact people far beyond my immediate reach. Since we have partnered with World Vision, our reach has been extended to communities and neighborhoods all around the world!

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          The no-gift Christmas

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          Have you ever considered skipping Christmas gifts?

          Read why one family decided to do without gifts at Christmas … and how they were surprised by joy in their absence!

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          Two years ago, we made a decision to skip Christmas gifts. My kids were 11, 12, and 21 at the time, and while I’d like to say that this idea was part of some altruistic, do-gooder decision that we made as a family, the truth is we came to the realization that our kids quite simply had too much stuff.

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            A season of gratitude and giving

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            A holiday message from author Debbie Macomber: see the top five Macomber family traditions that help make sure that Christ is the focal point of their Christmas!

            What are your Christmas family traditions?

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            Is that the sound of Christmas music I’m hearing? ‘Tis the season for sure with Thanksgiving right around the corner—a season of gratitude. As G. K. Chesterton reminds us, “Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.”

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              Meet Nasaa, Mongolia’s dream facilitator

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              12-year-old Dulamsuren in Mongolia is one of the cover girls for our Gift Catalog this Christmas!

              Today, meet the World Vision staffer who first discovered Dulamsuren's family in their time of need, and with a gift of 20 sheep set them on the path to achieving their dreams.

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              You notice it right away when you see Nasaa and Dulamsuren together.

              The two have chemistry; much like a younger and older sister trading secrets, or a protégé and a coach, or an older best friend who’s showing you how to get through life.

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                Day 24: Christmas video greetings

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                Video greetings this Christmas Eve from two of our favorite musicians …

                Our friends and partners Mike from Big Daddy Weave, and Israel Houghton!

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                "Peace on earth" is not a set of circumstances, but God himself. –Mike Weaver, Big Daddy Weave

                 

                "We absolutely believe that the best is yet to come in 2015." –Israel Houghton

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                  Day 21: The fourth Sunday of Advent

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                  "This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son." –1 John 4:10 (NIV)

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                  Day 21: The fourth Sunday of Advent | World Vision Blog


                  Christmas is the season of giving! Jesus gave His life for us and we are called to serve His people. Join World Vision today: learn how you can serve others at our Ways To Give page.

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                    Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision

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                    This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.

                    In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!

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                    Around the world, the need is great: close to 400 million children under the age of 13 live in extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. That’s more than the entire population of the United States. And right here in the U.S., extreme poverty has hit a new high: recent studies show that more than 1.6 million households with children are living on less than $2 per person, per day.

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